Academic Banská Bystrica is an international competition festival of high school and university choirs of various categories. The festival has a long tradition since 1982 and provides a quality environment for choirs and their members to meet on a competitive platform in a mutual musical and artistic dialogue with the intention of presenting the best of their interpretive experience and exchanging state-of-the-art trends in presenting choral works by old masters and contemporary composers. The evaluation of individual artistic performances is ensured by the expertise of an international jury consisting of important personalities of musical life at the transnational level.

In addition to its own competition, the festival also includes several related events, which offer participants the opportunity to present their art in several beautiful places in Banská Bystrica, also offers cultural opportunities for festival participants through gala concerts, social evenings and beauty awards of festival participants through the MISS ABB 2021 competition.